Tell us about your Daisy and how she came into your life.
My partner and I had wanted a dog for a long time, but we knew it was a huge commitment so we thought it was best to think about it for a long time and make sure our lives could allow us to be dog owners. Towards the end of 2018, we just couldn’t wait any longer and in January last year we met puppy Daisy! From the moment I held her, I knew we had to have her in our home. She snuggled into me and had the waggiest tail I’ve ever seen!
How does your Daisy fit into your general working day?
I work as a product photographer and I also have a jewellery line, Pepper You, so I spend most days alone in my studio in Brighton. This is lucky because it means I can bring Daisy to work with me every day. My partner works in a dog friendly co-working space so she gets to hang out there too, which I’m pretty sure she prefers because there’s more people there to fuss over her!
When you’re not working, where do you and Daisy like to hang out?
We are so lucky to live right by the sea, and Daisy loves chasing waves and getting as sandy as she possibly can! Sadly, we can’t take dogs on a large proportion of the beach in high summer, so during those months we hang out at the park, which is Daisy’s favourite place to meet new friends! Daisy really enjoys long walks and loves being off the lead so much. Like most cockapoos - she’s incredibly energetic! We like to adventure to new places with Daisy. We recently explored the Seven Sisters Country Park, which she really enjoyed.
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk, and what do you carry them in?
POO BAGS! Always a tonne of poo bags - we use ones made from corn starch since these break down naturally and don’t release harmful gases like biodegradable plastic ones can.
We also take her portable water bowl and some treats. In all honesty, these things are usually rattling around in the bottom of a large tote bag. I saw a dog walker with a bum-bag the other day, which I thought is a brilliant idea – it means the essentials are much easier to access quickly.
What adventures do you and your dog have planned for the rest of the year?
Last year we stayed in a shepherd’s hut in Chorleywood for the weekend and Daisy really enjoyed exploring the surrounding fields and rivers/streams – so we would love to do more trips like that if we can later in the year. We also visited family in France in Feb and Daisy had so much fun playing with their cockapoos (they have two) in their huge garden and fields surrounding their house so another trip there would be lovely later in the year - fingers crossed!